Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World Roy Porter Enlightenment Britain and the Creation of the Modern World For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution Porter certainly acknowledges France s importance but
  • Title: Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World
  • Author: Roy Porter
  • ISBN: 9780140250282
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World Roy PorterFor generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution Porter certainly acknowledges France s importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to tweFor generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution Porter certainly acknowledges France s importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention comparable only to twentieth century America Porter immerses the reader in a society which, recovering from the horrors of the Civil War and decisively reinvigorated by the revolution of 1688, had emerged as something new and extraordinary a society unlike any other in the world.
Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World Roy Porter

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  1. This book was super great, you guys So here s the question dealt with when you think of the Enlightenment, what do you think of Is it periwigged Parisian poseurs prattling on in their salons If so, Roy Porter would LOVE to sit down and have a chat with you about how you are completely wrong So traditionally, there is a view that the Enlightenment was a unitary movement, one whole phenomenon, centered on one place As scholars have now shown, there were many different Enlightenments in many differ [...]

  2. Since Porter subtitles the book Britain and the Creation of the Modern World I guess I expected him to discuss the British influence on the rest of the modern world He does an excellent job of discussing the enlightenment in Britain but don t expect to get much of a sense of the enlightenment outside of it.

  3. I originally read this for an essay, but was soon enthralled The Enlightenment is such a fascinating period of time, and the magic of it for me is that there was so much going on in so many different areas This book wonderfully portrays the Enlightenment from each of these perspectives, meaning that you could if you wanted only read the sections which appealed to you the most.

  4. This is a very good study on Enlightenment and Britain It s general and specific enough at the same time and has a great Bibliography and Notes section in fact almost 1 3 of the book is that It lays out the various aspects of modernity and Enlightenment, whether it s belief, science or economy, in a way that creates a good overall picture It also provides details and information for those who d like to follow up on any of the aspects through further research In short, a good historical analysis. [...]

  5. Well documented, closely reasoned, and engagingly written account of 18th century England s passage from post feudal to pre modern conditions superb.

  6. Porter s thesis is that the British Enlightenment, long ignored in favor of its continental counterpart, was actually a period that very powerfully influenced our modern conceptions of public space, free exchange of ideas etc Also it was in Britain that inspired continental giants such as Voltaire to call for a greater secularization of government, of a critical approach to dogma etc when they returned to Europe Written with a great deal of panache and wit, this is a wonderful book.

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